Category Archives: California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

California regulators OK statewide marijuana delivery in draft of final rules

In the final drafts of California’s cannabis business regulations, regulators approved statewide cannabis deliveries, even in areas that ban cannabis. The rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which may not be until sometime in January. Many believe statewide delivery – one of the most debated issues involving […]

280E still applies to marijuana companies, US Tax Court rules

The U.S. Tax Court ruled on a 2½-year-old case in which California-based Harborside had hoped to end 280E’s hold over the marijuana industry’s profit margins. But the Oakland company’s hopes were dashed Friday when the court upheld the tax code. “280E continues to negatively impact the growth of the legal cannabis industry, the jobs that […]

Falsified California testing lab data may result in major marijuana product recall

Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Labs surrendered its business license after a state inspection discovered that the company’s lab director had been falsifying cannabis product testing results for almost four months, and hundreds of marijuana products may now have to be recalled and retested. The loss of a lab could pose a significant problem for the California […]

Final California marijuana industry rules may not be made public until January

Although California’s final cannabis industry regulations will reportedly be completed Monday, many industry insiders likely won’t be able to read them until January. That may be a disappointment to marijuana businesses that were anticipating being able to see the final rules sooner than later. “We expect to send our final version of permanent regulations to […]

California begins issuing full annual marijuana business licenses

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has issued its first full annual cannabis business permits, doling out two recreational cultivation licenses to Forbidden Fruit Farms in Humboldt County. The licenses were issued over the weekend, marking the first wave of annual permits for the vast majority of California’s marijuana companies – although a handful […]

Marijuana vape firm Pax Labs raises $20M but seeks to avoid VC dependence

San Francisco-based Pax Labs has closed a $20 million funding round, Bloomberg reported. CEO Bharat Vasan told the news outlet that the company wanted to keep the investment small to “avoid becoming overly dependent on venture capital.” Launched by the founders of e-cigarette maker Juul, Pax Labs vaporizers allow users to control the device with […]

MedMen inks blockbuster $682 million stock deal to acquire medical cannabis firm PharmaCann

MedMen Enterprises has agreed to acquire multistate medical marijuana company PharmaCann in an all-stock deal valued at $682 million, inking what is believed to be the largest acquisition to date in the U.S. cannabis industry. The deal will double the number of states where Los Angeles-based MedMen has licenses to operate – expanding the firm’s […]

California busts on illegal cannabis operations continue: Thousands more plants seized

More busts indicate that state and local authorities in California continue to step up efforts to crack down on black market marijuana operations, a development that could help licensed business who’ve long long complained that illicit operators undercut their sales. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest enforcement news from California: Detectives with the […]

MedMen corrects statement about acquiring cannabis dispensary from Berkeley Patients Group

The California-based marijuana giant MedMen released a false statement this week saying it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire a licensed dispensary from Berkeley Patients Group, one of the nation’s oldest marijuana retailers. After the statement was reported by news outlets and shared on social media, Étienne Fontán, the director of Berkeley Patients Group […]

California pursues stop-gap plan to issue provisional cannabis licenses

California regulators are moving ahead with a second round of nonpermanent licensing to allow marijuana companies to continue operating without a permanent license while state and local officials process a backlog of permit applications. The move is intended to help California’s MJ industry avoid supply disruptions, the Orange County Register reported. State Senate Bill 1459, which […]